San Francisco's Chinatown Neighborhood Association has filed a lawsuit against the state, saying the new ban on shark fin soup is flat-out discrimination.
Bloomberg News reports that the group filed its claim on Wednesday, saying that the shark fin is a huge part of the Chinese culture. Shark fin soup is traditionally served at Chinese weddings, the claim states.
The group also says that the state's ban on shark fins "violates U.S.
equal protection and interstate commerce laws and is overridden
by federal laws governing shark fin sales."
The association has asked for a court order declaring the ban unconstitutional.
Last year, the state passed a new law, criminalizing the sale or distribution of shark fins. This of course outraged many in the Chinese community, which traditionally loves to chow down on the gelatinous soup that's a popular Chinese delicacy.
Even Mayor Ed Lee has been known to dine on it from time to time.
But Gov. Jerry Brown claimed this new law, which goes into effect in July 2013, will help curb the dwindling shark population along the coast. "The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans," Brown said last year as he merrily signed the bill.
Great, so that means even more hungry sharks will be swimming in the sea.
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